Archive for May, 2012

automated / 全自動化

May 17, 2012

*exch. 059  ( limited number )

14 March 1979, Japan
Completion of Automated telephone
design: Minoru Hisano

When I bought my first telephone for my flat in Tokyo in 1989, the shape of telephones had changed since the 1960s.  The rectangular body with slim hand set on one side, with ten keys – it had message function already, but the length of message was limited by the small cassette tape…  23 years ago!

This simple stamp from Japan is telling that telephone connection was automated already in 1979 – ten years earlier than my ten-key telephone era.




shape in my memory / 記憶の中の形

May 4, 2012

1966 Cayman Islands
International Telephone Links

When I was child, the telephone at home was a round, banal design – similar to ones on these stamps.  There was a cavity from behind just below the handset, where you can carry the phone whilst you are talking.  The scene flashed from far away memory – I wanted to bring the phone to my room while I was talking, but the cord was not long enough to shut the door…